CI ‘Lock’ down pre-season win

CI ‘Lock’ down pre-season win

CIYMS 1st squad continued their pre-season preparation by welcoming Dundalk to the Belmont area.

The game was played at nearby Campbell college, with CI pitches at this time of year being reserved for the cricket season.

The match was played as 3 x 30 minute periods and contested for the Lockington trophy – on the line for close to 60 years between CIYMS and Dundalk.

Given the firm pitch and clement weather of late, few could have anticipated the deluge that would fall in the first half hour, sending squad members and spectators to seek the shelter of an opportune gazebo or large tree.

CI, who were using an extended senior squad started brightly in the first period retaining good position and probing the robust Dundalk defence. Captain Mark McConkey opened the scoring from short distance and outhalf James McKinney showed early promise in his CI career by adding the extras.

The second period yielded further CI tries including one for Tim Acheson from close range and two for Jason Hoyf Jr, the first coming from a cleverly taken quick lineout that saw him run in unopposed and the second involving an excellent pick-up in the wet conditions from a carefully weighted grubber kick by McKinney.

After seeing CI storm ahead by a 20 point margin, consistent endeavour from Dundalk saw them come back into the game, particularly in the third period as a much changed CI team were guilty of a few miscommunications in defence.

The final score finished CI 37 Dundalk 28.

There were positive attacking performances from a number of individuals including Josh Vize and Will Heron but it was McKinney who claimed the first Chairman’s Superb Performance Silver Salver on his CI debut.

Much to think about for coach Gareth Fry who was positive yet constructive in his assessment of the three periods.

Great to be able to use 30 players in a pre-season game. As coaches we were really pleased with both commitment and style of play with new players bedding in well. Dundalk are a league above us so it was great to get a win, but also how we played was very important and we managed the game and the terrible elements very well.

Next up for CI are two games next Sat with 1sts away to Lisburn and 2nds away to Ards.